This is a recording of a live online event held on Wednesday 29 September 2021 and is available to view on-demand until Spring 2022.

Erica Wilson achieved celebrity status as an embroidery entrepreneur in the second half of the twentieth century. We are delighted to welcome guest speakers, Anne Hilker and Vanessa Diserio (Erica’s daughter), who shed light on Erica’s fascinating life and career as the original hand embroidery influencer.

This talk looks at Erica’s early training at the Royal School of Needlework; her career, including her kits, books, television show, and store on Madison Avenue in New York City; and her stitching styles and techniques. Anne also highlights pieces from the current online exhibition at Winterthur Museum, “Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches” and Vanessa reveals stories of growing up within such a creative family and how she continues Erica’s embroidery legacy today.

Anne Hilker is a writer, historian, and lifelong embroiderer. She co-authored, with Linda Eaton, Erica Wilson: A Life in Stitches, published by Winterthur Museum in 2020.

Vanessa Diserio now runs the family business and their beautiful shop, Erica Wilson Nantucket

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